Thursday, November 26, 2009

Where is Arunachal Pradesh ? Google shows different maps in India, USA & China

In the Indian Version, it shows Arunachal Pradesh as Integral Part of India.

In the US Version, it shows Arunachal Pradesh as a Disputed region.

Where as in the Chinese version, it shows Arunachal Pradesh as an INTEGRAL PART of CHINA !

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Character names in Kamal’s Movie

Kamal, the Intelligent Artist is so particular about the names of the character in his movies. To mention few instances

Film - Apoorva Sagodharargal

4 Villians - Nagesh , Jaishanker , Nasser , Delhi Ganesh

DHARMARAJ ---- The King of Dharma, on contrast he is shown as a crooked , wicked politician

SATYAMOORTHY - -- The figure of truthfulness, on contrast he is shown as a corrupt lawyer, who lies most of the time

NALLASIVAM --- A good ascetic, on contrast he is shown as a wicked murderer

ANBARASU --- One who is a king in showering affection and love, on contrast he is shown as an arrogant rich wrong doer

Film- Mahanadhi

Maganadhi means – Huge River.
So, all characters in the movie , who are shown as good natured people have names of rivers.
KRISHNASWAMY (Krishna) - Kamal
Narmada --- First wife
Yamuna ------- Sukanya
Godavari ----- SN lakshmi { mother in law}
Kaveri ---- Daughter
Barani ------------ Son
Punjabakesan ---- Poornam viswanathan { Punjab = 5 rivers}

Film - Avai Shanmugi
In "Rukhu Rukhu " song some lines will end with the word PANDI,
"Pandi" will be kamal's name in that movie....
Ex: thunukulum irupandi
thurumbilum irupandi....................

Film -Dasavatharam

Song---Kallaimattum kandal.....
There one is line in the song which goes like this
"rajalakshmi naayagan sreenivaasanthaan
sreenivaasan sei intha vishudaasan naan"
he has used his parents name in this song.

Film- Hey Ram
Hey Ram's "Saket Ram" (learned from S Ramakrishnan, the writer). Ayodhya has been known as "Saketa", during the 5th Century BCE.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Avartan- A Sitar Concert

4 PM – 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 13 2009

Building N Auditorium
5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego CA 92121

More information

Friday, June 05, 2009

Russell Peters cross-cultural issues

Russell Peters tackles often-sensitive cross-cultural issues in his stand-up routines, and has gained international acclaim. No ethnicity or stereotype is off limits. Peters uses his Indian heritage to help reach across cultural borders and find a common, hilarious thread.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

IPL Fake Player Nick Names Glossary

If you are Following IPL Fake Player -->
You gotta follow this too....

Fake IPL Player Talks

IPL Fake Player Nick Names Glossary
(Updated along iplfakeplayer blog

Aila - Sachin Tendulkar
Appam Chutiya - Sreesanth
Arnold Power - Ramesh Powar
Baja of Baroda - Anshuman Gaekwad
Bangla Tiger - Mortaza. Few people are also guessing Wriddhiman Saha.
Bantli - Preity
Batlivala - Vijay Mallya
Bevdaa - Jessie Ryder
Bevdaa team - BRC - Bangalore Royal Challengers (Mallya’s Team)
Bhookha Naan – Buchanan
Big Brother - Raj Kundra
Big Mac - Mathew Hayden
Big Sister - Shilpa Shetty
Boy George - Joy Bhattacharya, CEO of KKR.
Bubaan - Arindam Ghosh
Bublee - Bret Lee
Bunty - Ness Wadia (Babli's mate)
Calypso King - Gayle
Candy Nickel - Andy Bichel
Castro - Fidel Edwards
Chatterjee Kaaku - Old Guy from the KKR Ad ‘Tum Bhi Jeetoge’
Chhota Chetan - Cheteshwar Pujara
Chikna Pussy - David Hussey
Chinnu Popli - Shreevats Goswami
Chintu Singh - Anureet Singh
Chirkut Teli - Virat Kohli
Cool Dude - MS Dhoni
Darwaan of Patiala - Tom Moody
Deegrah Patan - Irfan
Dewar - Rahul Dravid
Dhakkans - Deccan Chargers
Durbaan - Tom Moody
Emerald Pearl – Angelo Mathews
FIP - Fake IPL PLayer
Former India fast bowler who will remain a former India fast bowler - Agarkar
Ganji Hanger - Sanjay Bangar
Ghati Baba - Rohit Sharma
Gilli danda - Ashok Dinda
Hanky Panky - Danny Morrison
Hawaii Chappal - Greg Chapel
India’s best fast bowler - Ishant Sharma
John Wrong - John Wright
Joker - Nepali guy (Chang) who was Indian Idol host
Junta/ Junta Tormentor - Ajanta Mendis
Kaan Moolo - Ajit Agarkar
Kameez Pajama – Rameez Raza
Kishen Kanhaiyya - Ravi Shastri
Laal Chaddi Dada / Lordie - Sourav Gangly
Lady Jaya - Jayawardene
Little John - Ishant Sharma
Little Monster - Sachin
Little Sister - Shamita Shetty
Lord Almighty/ Lordie - Sourav Ganguly
Mangal Pandey - LR Shukla
Mira Bhai - Harbhajan Singh
Mr. Batlivala - Mallya
Panty Curry - Robin Uthappa
Pedophile Priest - Gilchrist
Pedophile Priest - Gilchrist
Peter Ka Beta – Pietersen
Phoren babas - McCullum & Buchanan
Prince Charles of Patiala - Yuvraj Singh
Pussy - David Hussey
RDB - Ranadeb Bose
Re-Peter - Peterson
RVR Singh / Pamela Inder Singh - VRV Singh
Saala Slimeball - Lalit Modi
Sandy Baddy Babe - Mandira Bedi
Shakespeare - Aakash Chopra
Sheikh of Tweak - Shane Warne
Sparrow / Parrott - McGrath
Springbock - Rander Wyke
Springbok - Morne Van Wyk
Sticky Something - Ricky Ponting
Style Bhai spinner - Murali Karthik
Sultan of Tweak - Shane Warne
The Rajputs - RR - Rajasthan Royals
Vakkel Saab - Kumara Sangaksarra
Varsha Goggle - Harsha Bogle
Very very special friend Ram - VVS Laxman
Vinnie Dildo/ Badsaah Dildo - Shah Rukh Khan

Friday, May 08, 2009

Pick Me - Fantasy File

Marques Colston

David Akers

Andre Johnson

Braylon Edwards

Chris Simms

Jason Campbell

Chris Chambers

Mike Nugent

Neil Rackers

Marc Bulger

Chris Cooley

Mason Crosby

Laurence Maroney

Friday, May 01, 2009

Motorcycle Accident Causes and Factors

In 2006 about 4,935 people were killed riding motorcycles of different kinds (see above). A major Motorcycle accident study analyzed information from thousands of accidents, drew conclusions about the causes and looked for ways people can avoid accidents. The "Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures," was a study conducted by the University of Southern California, with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, researcher Harry Hurt investigated nearly every aspect of 900 motorcycle accidents in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, Hurt and his staff analyzed 3,600 motorcycle traffic accident reports in the same geographic area. Below are some of the findings.

Motorcycle Accident Study findings:

1. Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most usually a passenger automobile.

2. Approximately one-fourth of these motorcycle accidents were single vehicle accidents involving the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.

3. Vehicle failure accounted for less than 3% of these motorcycle accidents, and most of those were single vehicle accidents where control was lost due to a puncture flat.

4. In the single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slide out and fall due to over braking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.

5. Roadway defects (pavement ridges, potholes, etc.) were the accident cause in 2% of the accidents; animal involvement was 1% of the accidents.

6. In the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.

7. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.

8. Deliberate hostile action by a motorist against a motorcycle rider is a rare accident cause. The most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.

9. Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the other vehicle violating the motorcycle right-of-way, and often violating traffic controls.

10. Weather is not a factor in 98% of motorcycle accidents.

11. Most motorcycle accidents involve a short trip associated with shopping, errands, friends, entertainment or recreation, and the accident is likely to happen in a very short time close to the trip origin.

12. The view of the motorcycle or the other vehicle involved in the accident is limited by glare or obstructed by other vehicles in almost half of the multiple vehicle accidents.

13. Conspicuity of the motorcycle is a critical factor in the multiple vehicle accidents, and accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps (on in daylight) and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets. (Note: the statistics which have just been released here in Australia - August 1996, DO NOT SHOW that "Lights on" legislation has worked!)

14. Fuel system leaks and spills were present in 62% of the motorcycle accidents in the post-crash phase. This represents an undue hazard for fire.

15. The median pre-crash speed was 29.8 mph, and the median crash speed was 21.5 mph, and the one-in-a-thousand crash speed is approximately 86 mph.

16. The typical motorcycle pre-crash lines-of-sight to the traffic hazard portray no contribution of the limits of peripheral vision; more than three- fourths of all accident hazards are within 45 degrees of either side of straight ahead.

17. Conspicuity of the motorcycle is most critical for the frontal surfaces of the motorcycle and rider.

18. defects related to accident causation are rare and likely to be due to deficient or defective maintenance.

19. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 16 and 24 are significantly over-represented in accidents; motorcycle riders between the ages of 30 and 50 are significantly under represented. Although the majority of the accident-involved motorcycle riders are male (96%), the female motorcycle riders are significantly over represented in the accident data.

20. Craftsmen, laborers, and students comprise most of the accident-involved motorcycle riders. Professionals, sales workers, and craftsmen are under represented and laborers, students and unemployed are over- represented in the accidents.

21. Motorcycle riders with previous recent traffic citations and accidents are over represented in the accident data.

22. The motorcycle riders involved in accidents are essentially without training; 92% were self-taught or learned from family or friends. Motorcycle rider training experience reduces accident involvement and is related to reduced injuries in the event of accidents.

23. More than half of the accident-involved motorcycle riders had less than 5 months experience on the accident motorcycle, although the total street riding experience was almost 3 years. Motorcycle riders with dirt bike experience are significantly under represented in the accident data.

24. Lack of attention to the driving task is a common factor for the motorcyclist in an accident.

25. Almost half of the fatal accidents show alcohol involvement.

26. Motorcycle riders in these accidents showed significant collision avoidance problems. Most riders would over brake and skid the rear wheel, and under brake the front wheel greatly reducing collision avoidance deceleration. The ability to counter steer and swerve was essentially absent.

27. The typical motorcycle accident allows the motorcyclist just less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.

28. Passenger-carrying motorcycles are not over represented in the accident area.

29. The driver of the other vehicles involved in collision with the motorcycle are not distinguished from other accident populations except that the ages of 20 to 29, and beyond 65 are over represented. Also, these drivers are generally unfamiliar with motorcycles.

30. The large displacement motorcycles are under represented in accidents but they are associated with higher injury severity when involved in accidents.

31. Any effect of motorcycle color on accident involvement is not determinable from these data, but is expected to be insignificant because the frontal surfaces are most often presented to the other vehicle involved in the collision.

32. Motorcycles equipped with fairings and windshields are under represented in accidents, most likely because of the contribution to conspicuity and the association with more experienced and trained riders.

33. Motorcycle riders in these accidents were significantly without motorcycle license, without any license, or with license revoked.

34. Motorcycle modifications such as those associated with the semi-chopper or cafe racer are definitely over represented in accidents.

35. The likelihood of injury is extremely high in these motorcycle accidents-98% of the multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of the single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.

36. Half of the injuries to the somatic regions were to the ankle-foot, lower leg, knee, and thigh-upper leg.

37. Crash bars are not an effective injury countermeasure; the reduction of injury to the ankle-foot is balanced by increase of injury to the thigh-upper leg, knee, and lower leg.

38.The use of heavy boots, jacket, gloves, etc., is effective in preventing or reducing abrasions and lacerations, which are frequent but rarely severe injuries.

39. Groin injuries were sustained by the motorcyclist in at least 13% of the accidents, which typified by multiple vehicle collision in frontal impact at higher than average speed.

40. Injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size.

41. Seventy-three percent of the accident-involved motorcycle riders used no eye protection, and it is likely that the wind on the unprotected eyes contributed in impairment of vision which delayed hazard detection.

42. Approximately 50% of the motorcycle riders in traffic were using safety helmets but only 40% of the accident-involved motorcycle riders were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

43. Voluntary safety helmet use by those accident-involved motorcycle riders was lowest for untrained, uneducated, young motorcycle riders on hot days and short trips.

44. The most deadly injuries to the accident victims were injuries to the chest and head.

45. The use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the prevention of reduction of head injury; the safety helmet which complies with FMVSS 218 is a significantly effective injury countermeasure.

46. Safety helmet use caused no attenuation of critical traffic sounds, no limitation of pre crash visual field, and no fatigue or loss of attention; no element of accident causation was related to helmet use.

47. FMVSS 218 provides a high level of protection in traffic accidents, and needs modification only to increase coverage at the back of the head and demonstrate impact protection of the front of full facial coverage helmets, and insure all adult sizes for traffic use are covered by the standard.

48. Helmeted riders and passengers showed significantly lower head and neck injury for all types of injury, at all levels of injury severity.

49. The increased coverage of the full facial coverage helmet increases protection, and significantly reduces face injuries.

50. There is not liability for neck injury by wearing a safety helmet; helmeted riders had less neck injuries than unhelmeted riders. Only four minor injuries were attributable to helmet use, and in each case the helmet prevented possible critical or fatal head injury.

51. Sixty percent of the motorcyclists were not wearing safety helmets at the time of the accident. Of this group, 26% said they did not wear helmets because they were uncomfortable and inconvenient, and 53% simply had no expectation of accident involvement.

52. Valid motorcycle exposure data can be obtained only from collection at the traffic site. Motor vehicle or driver license data presents information which is completely unrelated to actual use.

53. Less than 10% of the motorcycle riders involved in these accidents had insurance of any kind to provide medical care or replace property.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Info from 2006

Type of Bike Killed %

Motorcycles 4778 **** Killed **** 8.2 %
Moped 49 0.1 %
Three Wheel Motorcycle 11 0.0
Off-Road Motorcycle (2-wheel) 45 0.1
Minibike 41 0.1
Unknown Motorcycle 11 0.0

Total Killed 4935

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New 10 Rupee coin

It’s released and now you can have it on your pocket!
RBI is ready to issue a new bimetallic 10 Rupee coin for circulation.

The look: The obverse side has the lion capitol with numeral 10 and year of manufacture. On reverse side, a double line cross with a dot in each pellet of cross and denomination written in Hindi and English around. This design has been prepared by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad with the theme of Unity in Diversity. The outer side metal is Nickel-Bronze and the inner side metal is Ferrous Steel.

The weight of the coin would be 8 grams and the diameter would be 28 mm. The coins are being minted at mainly Noida and Mumbai mint. The coins worth Rs.70 million was already stored in its stock till August 2008.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

My 10 minutes of Social Networking in a Day

1 Check Gmail, for emails which I know for sure it will be there, no surprises there. 1.5 min
2 Scan Google Alerts, Check your Google alerts and news 2.5 min
3 Orkut 0.5 min
4 FaceBook, check for updates 1.0 min
5 Twitter, check out your tweeps 1.0 min
6 Google Reader ( all my favs) 3.0 min
7 LinkedIn (weekly) 0.5 min

Till now Life was good……………

After 30 min Start again from Step 1 ooops

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

April Fool Pranks 2009

So many people and mails trying to Prank with April 1st as a reason, few of them are very Interesting from Big Shots in Market, few of them I got hit by today.
If you find more let me know. Also let me know which one you would have or you fell for.


QUALCOMM opens the doors behind their top secret R&D facilities to show you the future of cell phone technology.

Hurry: Adobe Giving Consumers Free Copy of Photoshop CS4

You Tube or EbutUoy
The YouTube front page looks normal at first, but click on one of the featured videos and it'll turn your world upside down — literally. The next page you see will be completely upside down — the writing, the video, the links ... everything.
Try adding &filp=1 at the end of the video link

Conficker Strikes
The Washington Post's Security Fix blog reports various problems caused by the much-feared Conficker worm, set to detonate Wednesday. They include a full-scale DefCon 3 military alert after a nuclear-missile base in Alaska was suspected of being infected by the virus, ATMs in credit-crunch plagued Iceland suddenly spitting out cash and London's Big Ben frozen at one minute after midnight.

Google, which has a long history of April Fools trickery, has a link on its home page today that reads, "Introducing CADIE: a singular upgrade to your online life" that stands for Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity. It links here, to an announcement of the "world's first 'artificial intelligence' tasked-array system." CADIE has her own YouTube channel and blog.

Every item on the home page of the user-generated site Wikipedia is fake. The featured article is about the "Museum of Bad Art" in Boston. The headlines include such stories as NASA monitoring diamonds falling from the sky and the Irish prime minister streaking in public — both of which barely stretch real recent news events.

Facial Web Browsing
Norwegian alternative Web browser Opera, famous for introducing mouse gestures to control Web surfing, takes the notion one step further — with Face Gestures. It even provides an instructional video and detailed steps on how to set up the new feature.

Twitter News
London's Guardian newspaper announced on its Web site that after 188 years of printing in ink on paper, it would be switching exclusively to publishing on Twitter. Management notes that any story can be told in 140 characters. Sadly, it was tough to tell whether this was an April Fool's joke or an entrepreneurial idea that really could be the future of news.

Xbox's 'Alpine Legend'
Microsoft's gaming division announced a new music-based game for the Xbox 360 that lets players yodel their way through a mountainous village, record music in a log-cabin studio and compete in a live yodel off.

Fly Me to Mars, Book Me On the Moon
In a press release, announces its newest sale — the world's first rooms on the moon. The site warns that the room prices don't include travel.
Want to take a side trip whie you're there? How about booking a flight to Mars for $99? Expedia is touting "no interplanetary booking fees," and huge savings on the regular Martian-trip price of $3,000,000,000,099.

Google Aprilfoolery
Google's traditional April 1 silliness isn't limited to YouTube. Its Chrome Web browser is now supposedly in 3-D, just like "Monsters vs. Aliens." But before you start surfing the Internet in an extra dimension, you'll need print out a special pair of downloadable glasses.
If you're too busy to reply to every e-mail you receive, Gmail, which has some real features that sound fake, is here to help. It's introduced "Autopilot," a time-saving service that automatically crafts polite responses to incoming messages you'd rather not deal with.

Weighty iPods
Filling up that iPod with tons of music? Then you'd better start hitting the gym. According to, researchers have found that the more music that is loaded onto MP3 players, the heavier they are to carry.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Picture Stroy

Popology Youtube channel is starting some thing new from Summer 2009.

It is going to focus on one subject and make a story with pictures and music. The hope is to bring in attention to any hot topic, bringing more awareness and spreading the word. Hope I succeed, wish me luck!

Picture Story 1: Stop War in Sri Lanka

Picture Story, A Journey through Pictures, Episode 1. The Sri Lankan Civil War, waged between separatist Tamil rebels and the government of Sri Lanka - a conflict which has run hot and cold over 26 years, and has cost over 70,000 lives - may now be approaching its end. The ethnic Tamil rebel force called The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (or LTTE, or just "Tamil Tigers") has been fighting for the creation of an independent Tamil state since 1983. Hoping for Peace, how soon?
Picture Courtesy: The Big Picture

Picture Story 2: Save Baby Girls

This Video is dedicated to the baby girls of India. I hope this will bring smile on them some day. Girls are still Un-wanted Sex in certain parts of India, hope this situation changes soon.
Song: This song "Ennama Thozhi" is very soothing song from the movie "Kaalaipani"
Singer: SULABA

Hoping to add one or 2 for a month for now and slowly pick it up and make it a weekly.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

South Indian Food and Restaurant Menu Cheat Sheet for Decoding

One of the reason we Indians not missing home here in USA is, we are not missing Indian food here. If you want to cook any Indian Cusine, you get the groceries here or if you are ready to drive little bit, you could even find all the restaurants around you, aren’t we blessed, If you don’t agree with me then you are too picky.

Especially South Indian food, so many varieties are there. Even now it takes a while before I make up my mindbefore I order my food. Indian food is getting in the taste buds of people all over the world especially Americans. I get weird questions about the South Indian recipes from my colleagues often, I am not sure if they were sarcastic.

I can always vouch for good South Indian food, South Indian food is a major factor that grabs the attention of a number of tourists visiting India. It will satisfy your taste buds with the authentic south Indian curries.

Not only delicious but also easily digestible, South Indian Cuisine marks its unique identity with its light and low calorie appetizing dishes, not always. South Indians are real experts in rice preparations. Most of the items like dosas, vadas, idlis and uttapams, are prepared by rice and lentils. Sambhar is the main serve in the south India food.

But there is problem of understanding the Restaurant Menu. Forget about Foreigners, even many North Indians can’t understand what’s in the South Indian menus, its complicated I agree. It's not clear if this is because they don't expect "outsiders" to want this kind of food, or perhaps some other reason, but restaurants with clear descriptions of the menu items are the exception, not the rule.

Moreover, the waiters aren't always trained to give explanations to non-Indians, most they are Mexicans serving Indian Food. If you ask what the difference between a dosa and a rava dosa is, you might hear that rava dosas are crispier. But your waiter may not know that rava means wheat or be able explain that in a rava dosa semolina replaces the rice flour. And that won't help you if you don't already know that a dosa is a large crispy crepe made with a fermented batter of rice flour and ground lentils. The semolina in a rava dosa does make it crispier, and a little thicker than a regular dosa. It also takes a little longer to cook, so you can expect it to come out of the kitchen a bit later than a regular dosa.

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories have put together a South Indian Restaurant Menu Decoder Wallet Card (800 kB PDF) for your enjoyment, education, and dining pleasure. You can print it out-- single sided so no hassle --and it compresses to standard business card size: 3.5" x 2". You can also not print it out, and just view it on your iPhone. (And if you've never been to a South Indian place, isn't this a good time to try one?)

A definitely useful cheat sheet for any one who is not familiar with South Indian menu, give a try. Have fun Decoding and Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Friday, March 06, 2009

Four Bad Bear Markets

(Click the Chart to Zoom)

Thanks to dshort for this wonderful chart, Very Interesting

Monday, March 02, 2009

Terrorist Attack on Sri Lanka Cricket players in Pakistan, Lahore

I plead Pakistan to take action at least now, its High time.

India and Australia have pulled out of cricket tours to the country in the recent past citing security concerns. India were scheduled to tour Pakistan but the trip was cancelled after the terror attacks in Mumbai by Pakistan-based terrorists. Sri Lanka stepped in to fill the gap for Pakistan. Poor Sri Lankans, to keep the sports spirit high, they risked their life, which proved not worth. Also International Cricket Council, last month decided not to hold the 2009 Champions Trophy in Pakistan due to safety worries. Looks like Cricket is becoming extinct in Pakistan, I pity their players.

Injured players:
Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajanta Mendis, Tharanga Paranavitana, Thilan Samaraweera, Chaminda Vaas

How the attack happened (Source: Cricinfoblog)

Posted 5 minutes ago in Lahore terror attack

The Sri Lankans were on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium when their bus was attacked by five armed terrorists near Liberty market. Habibur Rehman, chief commissioner of police, said 12 masked terrorists fired at the Sri Lankan team bus. The gunmen shot at the wheels of the bus and also injured the driver. A grenade was also thrown at the bus but it missed.

"The bus came under attack as we were driving to the stadium, the gunmen targeted the wheels of the bus first and then the bus," Mahela Jayawardene told Cricinfo. "We all dived to the floor to take cover. About five players have been injured and also Paul Farbrace [a member of the support staff], but most of the injuries appear to be minor at this stage and caused by debris."

Lahore police chief Habib-ur Rehman said, "They appeared to be well-trained terrorists. They came on rickshaws." Television footage of several gunmen creeping through the trees, crouching to aim their kalashnikovs then running onto the next target were aired by Pakistan's private channel Geo, AFP reported. Crystals of broken glass littered the road next to a gun cartridge and an empty rocket-propelled grenade launcher. A police motorbike was shown crashed sideways into the road at the Liberty Chowk (roundabout) in Lahore. Bullet holes ripped through the windscreen of another vehicle and a white car was shown smashed headlong into the roundabout as nervous security officers guarded the site.

I salute the 5 Brave Security Guards / Police men who saved the Cricketers giving their own life, RIP

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Vodka - The all Purpose Drink

Vodka is surely an all Purpose Drink. When I used to be bachelor, I used to stock my mini bar with varieties of Vodka, Grey Goose (with Red Bull) always most reachable.

After marriage, I could not consume all of them, but still keep getting them from my friends visiting us, they know me well, don't they? :)

When I was researching to see how to make use of these Vodka, I found so many interesting ways to use them, I was so surprised to see how a vodka can be Panacea.
Since I always had a Vodka in my home since I moved to USA, it could be handy aside from being a fantastic drink, it has many uses which you may not have known about.

Here are a few uses:

1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves adhesive (If the wound is still not dried, I would not try this)

2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.

3. Clean jewelry. Soak the jewelry in vodka for five minutes, then rinse, and dry.

4. Clean lipstick from clothing. Rub the stain with vodka, then throw into your regular wash.

5. Remove the glue left behind by a bumper sticker. Rub the glue with a soft, clean cloth soaked with vodka

6. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.

7. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry.

8. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.

9. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
(Disclaimer: Alcohol can cause skin/scalp irritation for some people, Thanks Madhu )

10. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill them.

11. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziplock freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshable ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.

12. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.

13. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.

14. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.

15. vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.

16. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.

17. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.

18. Soothe a sore throat. Add a tablespoon of vodka to glass of warm water and gargle. The alcohol helps numb the sore throat.

19. When you have a bad stomach, drink a shot of Vodka with a tablespoon of salt
it helps and feels WOW ( A recommended treatment from a good friend of mine, she tried it and tested, also its a very common practice among Russians)

20. Mix 2/4 with chilled pani puri water. Also Try out a spoonful on pasta or baked fish on a cold evening.

But whenever possible drink Vodka, ALWAYS!

PS After getting few threats, I am adding this disclamier :)
Disclaimer: Other than Drinking Vodka, everything else do it at drinkers discretion. But once you drink vodka, I am not responsible for your discretion senses.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

AR Rahman won Two Oscar, Catchy Lines from Fans

I am so glad I saw him live performing 3 years back :)

I am so excited and want to share few lines and interesting facts from Fans world wide
Let me know if you come across some

[Deepak]From Leo Coffee to Slum Dog....!
Kodambakkam to Kodak
WARNING #3: Anil Kapoor on STAGE! Possibility of talking: 73.7%.

[prads] O'09. Rahman & Resul Pookutty (Sound Mix) have joined Bhanu Athaiya & Satyajit Ray in the list of Oscar-winning Indians. Count Ben Kingsley?
Slumdog Millionaire, undoubtedly has brought the best out of Kerala-born sound engineer Resul Pookutty besides helping him win an Oscar.

Hailing from a small village of Vilakkupara in Kerala’s Kollam district which didn’t have electricity, he studied under a kerosene lamp.

He then went to the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune from where he graduated in 1995.

[prad]Smile Pinki (2008) is a 39 minute Academy Award winning documentary directed by Megan Mylan. The film shows the captivating story of a desperately poor girl in rural India whose life is transformed when she receives free surgery to correct her cleft lip. The documentary was made in Hindi and Bhojpuri, and won the 81st Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).

[Kartik]Yay ARR! ... And spare a thought for Anil Kapoor, who jumped on to stage first to get prime publicity :D

[Sud]I grew up listening to AR Rahman and is floating on Cloud 9.

[Smrithi] She is proud Slumdog Millionaire won 8/9 nominations, and is happy that Rahman won both his, performed live, AND ended his acceptance in Tamizh, my mother

[nashirfan]You know what guyz... A R Rahman didn't get the oscars... The Oscars got A R Rahman... Jai Hoooo Rahman Sir... U make me proud to be an indian ... tongue!!!

[2729959] {After AR Rahman spoke a line in tamil}I hate to break it to you guys but AR Rahman is actually a malayalee. so yea i say to you im proud to be indian and a malayalee. sorry just had to point that out :)

[tantreec]the best part is that he won it for one of his mediocre compositions!! (considering what he's created in the last 20 years)

[Wiki] Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy wrote Slumdog Millionaire based on the Boeke Prize winning and Commonwealth Writers' Prize nominated novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Super Brain Yoga or Thoppukarnam

Recently my good friend Madhuri pointed me to Interesting video of Brian Yoga and she laughed out lot, I was thinking a funny yoga again? But any Indian kid would have gone through this, no wonder we Indian kids are smarter.

Wow, Super Brain Yoga.

We Indian kids were trained Brain yoga from school days. Schools, where children spend most of their developmental stage of life, have been identified by children in the region as a place where they are subjected to various forms of physical and degrading/humiliating punishments. Children have stated that these punishments affect their school performance, as their minds are dominated by the fear of punishment rather than learning.
The most popular kind of punishment during my childhood was Sit-Ups holding the ears, in Tamil we call it “Thoppukarnam” and “Gunjeellu” in Telugu

Thoppukarnam is not only a form of punishment, but its also ritual rite, a way to pray to the god.

At one moment of time playfully Shri Ganesha grabbed the Sudarshan Chakra from Shri Vishnu’s finger and hid it in his mouth. In spite of repeated requests and appeals of Shri Vishnu to return the same to him Shri Ganesha never relented to his pleas. The more He requested to return the disc, Shri Ganesha would become more playful with His eternal childhood qualities and run away from Him. Embarrassed Shri Vishnu tried all tricks to please Shri Ganesha but all were in vain.
At last an idea struck Shri Vishnu and he went after Shri Ganesha following him up to Kailasha-lok (abode of Shri Shiva-Parvati). There as He faced Shri Ganesha He initiated a very funny gesture of seeking forgiveness by holding His ears with criss-cross twisting of His hands around his neck. This did the trick and Shri Ganesha giggled like a child and laughed aloud. This eventually released the seized sudarshan from His mouth. Shri Vishnu instantly recovered His favorite disc and departed for his Vishnulok with victory.
So Thoppukarnam is act of forgiveness for your sins and wrongs and Super Brain yoga is proving to be rehabilitation for your brain and makes you think smart. All my Grandmas stories are making sense to me now

Monday, February 09, 2009

Pink Chaddi Campaign

I really am speechless at the sheer brilliance of the concept if not for the proposed execution. The creator, whoever it is, I salute you.. Jai chaddi!!

To counter a disturbing trend of right-wing Hindu thugs beating up women going to pubs or wearing clothes they don't approve of, Bangalore-based Alternative Law Forum (ALF) has launched a satirical campaign to support India's "Pubgoing Loose and Forward Women".

The Pink Chaddi Campaign asks women to send pink chaddis (underwear) to the ALF to forward to one of the bullying organisations, the Shri Ram Sene, which has threatened to attack couples found celebrating Valentine's Day.

I badly want to contribute to this effort, the best thing I could do is sending out the word rather....

For more Info about the Pink Chaddi -->

Pitch in your Chaddi!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

IPL Bidding Updates

IPL auction 2009

List of players sold

February 6, 2009

Seventeen slots were filled in over two hours of the 2009 IPL auction in Goa. Here is a list of the players who have been bought at the auction (base price in brackets; all numbers in US$):

Pool A
Shaun Tait to Rajasthan Royals 375,000 (250,000)
JP Duminy to Mumbai Indians 950,000 (300,000)
Andrew Flintoff to Chennai Super Kings 1.55 million (950,000)
Kevin Pietersen to Bangalore Royal Challengers 1.55 million (1.35 million)

Pool B
Fidel Edwards to Deccan Chargers 150,000 (150,000)
Owais Shah to Delhi Daredevils 275,000 (150,000)
Paul Collingwood to Delhi 275,000 (250,000)

Stuart Clark, Brad Haddin and Chamara Kapugedara were unsold.

Pool C
Tyron Henderson to Rajasthan 650,000 (100,000)
Ravi Bopara to Kings XI Punjab 450,000 (150,000)
Thilan Thushara to Chennai 140,000 (125,000)
Jesse Ryder to Bangalore 160,000 (100,000)
Kyle Mills to Mumbai 150,000 (150,000).

Pool D
Dwayne Smith to Deccan Chargers 100,000 (100,000)
Jerome Taylor to Punjab 150,000 (150,000)
Mohammad Ashraful to Mumbai 75,000 (75,000)

Samit Patel, Shakib-al-Hassan, Morne Van Wyk, Stephen Smith, Ashley Noffke, Gulam Bodi and Daren Powell were unsold.

Ashwell Prince, Phil Jaques, Andre Nel, Luke Wright and Nuwan Kulasekara were unsold.

Pool E
Tamim Iqbal, Jon Moss, Bryce McGain, James Franklin, Aiden Blizzard, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Michael Klinger, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Prasanna Jayawardene and Dominic Thornley were unsold.

Pool F
Mashrafe Mortaza to Kolkata Knight Riders 600,000 (50,000)
George Bailey to Chennai 50,000 (50,000)

Yusuf Abdulla, Daniel Harris, Kemar Roach, Aaron Bird, Michael Dighton, Michael Hill and Brett Geeves were unsold.

Updates on IPL Auction, It's been intense and manic.

Jerome Taylor
owning team: Mumbai , bid amount in $: 150000

George Bailey
owning team: Chennai , bid amount in $: 50000

Mashrafe Mortaza
owning team: Kolkata , bid amount in $: 600000

owning team: Mumbai, bid amount in $: 950000

owning team: Chennai, bid amount in $: 1550000

owning team: Bangalore, bid amountin $: 1550000

Owais Shah
owning team: Delhi, bid amount in $: 275000

owning team: Delhi, bid amount in $: 275000

Tyron Henderson
owning team: Rajasthan, bid amount in $: 650000

owning team: Punjab, bid amount in $: 450000

owning team: Chennai, bid amount in $: 140000

Fidel Edwards
owning team: Hyderabad, bid amount in $: 150000

Jesse Ryder
owning team: Bangalore, bid amount in $: 160000

owning team: Mumbai, bid amount in $: 150000

Notable Unsold Players : Kulasekara, Kapugedera, Haddin, Shakib Al Hasan, Morne van Wyk, Jerome Taylor, Ashley Noffke, Shakib, Ashraful, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Prasanna Jayawardene
* Unsold Players will re-enter the auction later.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Sports Weekend

It was the best weekend of sports, great show of Performance, Stamina, Endurance, Mental Composure and Achievement

Australian Open, lots of feats!
Rafael Nadal has become the first Spaniard to win the Australian Tennis Open, after a gripping final against Roger Federer. During presentation, my heart cried for Federer, you will come back strong and break the Slam record for sure, we are with you!

First Indian pair to win a Grand Slam mixed doubles title. Congrats Sania and Mahesh!
First Indian to win Aussie Open Junior title. Way to go Yuki! We are expecting lot from you.

Super Bowl was really super
Congratulation to the Pittsburgh who won an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl title with a late touchdown in a thrilling 27-23 win over Arizona. Well Played Cardinals, you guys rocked. Go Cardinals!
My Congratulation to Santonio Holmes for being Super bowl 43 – XLIII MVP
Great performance during the break by Bruce Springsteen, but where is "Born in USA" song? BTW, very disappointing Super Bowl commercials.

India won thriller against Sri Lanka
Kiwis crushed kangaroos i.e NZ beat Aussies, great game, last ball victory is always special.
Low note: Haddin's controversy

Friday, January 23, 2009



Stage #1 -- Smart

This is when you suddenly become an expert on every subject. You
know all and greatly wish to express this knowledge to anyone who
will listen. At this stage you are also always right. And of course
the person you are talking with is very wrong. You will talk for
hours trying to convince someone that you are right. This makes for an
interesting argument when both parties are "smart". Two people talking,
in fact, arguing about a subject neither one really knows anything
about, but are convinced that they are they complete authority on the
subject makes for great entertainment for those get the opportunity to
listen in.

Stage #2 -- Handsome/Pretty

This is when you are convinced that you are the best looking person in
the entire room and everyone is looking at you. You begin to wink at
perfect strangers and ask them to dance because of course they had been
admiring you the whole evening. You are the center of attention, and all
eyes are directed at you because you are the most beautiful thing on the
face of the earth. Now keep in mind that you are still smart, so you can
talk to this person who has been admiring you about any and all subjects
under the sun.

Stage #3 -- Rich

This is when you suddenly become the richest person in the world. You can
buy drinks for the entire bar and put it on your bill because you surely
have an armored truck full of your money parked behind the bar. You can
also make bets in this stage. Now of course you still know all, so you
will always win all your bets. And you have no concern for how much
money you bet because you have all the money in the world. You will also
begin to buy drinks for all the people in the bar who are admiring you
because you are now the smartest, prettiest, and richest person on the
face of the earth.

Stage #4 -- Bulletproof

You can now pick fights with the people you have been betting money with
because you cannot be hurt by anything. At this point you would go up to
the boyfriend of the woman who had been admiring your beautiful self
all evening and challenge him to a battle of wits for money. You have no
worry about losing this battle of wits because you know all, have all
the money to cover this bet, and you obviously win a fight that might
erupt if he looses.

Stage #5 -- Invisible

This is the final stage of drunkenness. At this point you can do
absolutely anything because no one can see you. You can get up and dance
on a table; you can strip down to your underwear, to impress the people
who have been admiring you all evening, because the rest of the people
in the room cannot see you. You are also invisible to the person whom
you have picked a fight with earlier in the evening. You can walk through
the streets singing at the top of your lungs (because of course you are
still smart and know the tune perfectly) and no one will think anything
of it because they can't see you. All your social inhibitions are
gone. You can do anything, because no one will know.

And you certainly won't remember !

Once I feel Handsome, I pass out :)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Bushisms over the years

President George W. Bush will leave behind a legacy of Bushisms, the label stamped on the commander in chief's original speaking style. Some of the president's more notable malaprops and mangled statements:


• "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." — September 2000, explaining his energy policies at an event in Michigan.

• "Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?" — January 2000, during a campaign event in South Carolina.

• "They misunderestimated the compassion of our country. I think they misunderestimated the will and determination of the commander in chief, too." — Sept. 26, 2001, in Langley, Va. Bush was referring to the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks.

• "There's no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind, that we will fail." — Oct. 4, 2001, in Washington. Bush was remarking on a back-to-work plan after the terrorist attacks.

• "It would be a mistake for the United States Senate to allow any kind of human cloning to come out of that chamber." — April 10, 2002, at the White House, as Bush urged Senate passage of a broad ban on cloning.

• "I want to thank the dozens of welfare-to-work stories, the actual examples of people who made the firm and solemn commitment to work hard to embetter themselves." — April 18, 2002, at the White House.

• "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." — Sept. 17, 2002, in Nashville, Tenn.

• "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." — Aug. 5, 2004, at the signing ceremony for a defense spending bill.

• "Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." — Sept. 6, 2004, at a rally in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

• "Our most abundant energy source is coal. We have enough coal to last for 250 years, yet coal also prevents an environmental challenge." — April 20, 2005, in Washington.

• "We look forward to hearing your vision, so we can more better do our job." — Sept. 20, 2005, in Gulfport, Miss.

• "I can't wait to join you in the joy of welcoming neighbors back into neighborhoods, and small businesses up and running, and cutting those ribbons that somebody is creating new jobs." — Sept. 5, 2005, when Bush met with residents of Poplarville, Miss., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

• "It was not always a given that the United States and America would have a close relationship. After all, 60 years we were at war 60 years ago we were at war." — June 29, 2006, at the White House, where Bush met with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

• "Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die." — Dec. 7, 2006, in a joint appearance with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

• "These are big achievements for this country, and the people of Bulgaria ought to be proud of the achievements that they have achieved." — June 11, 2007, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

• "Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your introduction. Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit." — September 2007, in Sydney, Australia, where Bush was attending an APEC summit.

• "Thank you, Your Holiness. Awesome speech." April 16, 2008, at a ceremony welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to the White House.

• "The fact that they purchased the machine meant somebody had to make the machine. And when somebody makes a machine, it means there's jobs at the machine-making place." — May 27, 2008, in Mesa, Ariz.

• "And they have no disregard for human life." — July 15, 2008, at the White House. Bush was referring to enemy fighters in Afghanistan.

• "I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office." — June 26, 2008, during a Rose Garden news briefing.

• "Throughout our history, the words of the Declaration have inspired immigrants from around the world to set sail to our shores. These immigrants have helped transform 13 small colonies into a great and growing nation of more than 300 people." — July 4, 2008 in Virginia.

• "The people in Louisiana must know that all across our country there's a lot of prayer — prayer for those whose lives have been turned upside down. And I'm one of them. It's good to come down here." — Sept. 3, 2008, at an emergency operations center in Baton Rouge, La., after Hurricane Gustav hit the Gulf Coast.

• "This thaw — took a while to thaw, it's going to take a while to unthaw." Oct. 20, 2008, in Alexandria, La., as he discussed the economy and frozen credit markets.

Source: The Associated Press